The Sri Lanka Collection: 908 Carats of Prismatic Brilliance Inspire a Micro Collection of Gemstone Shades!

Sri Lanka, once known affectionately as “Ratna-Dweepa” or Gem Island, is a haven for some of the world’s most precious stones. One a recent trip, one of our Founders, Chad Hayduk, was so mesmerized by the prismatic luster of the country’s gemstones that he set out to capture their radiance stateside. The result – two shimmering shades that dazzle like their namesake stones.


Smokey Topaz Eye ShadowSMOKEY TOPAZ EYE SHADOW ($22.50) – A rich burnished gold with gleams of warm bronze and copper. Use wet or dry over the lower lid and wet along the lash line. Top with Aurora or Jupiter Crème Eye Definer for definition along the lash line.


Diamonds Are Forever Lip GlossDIAMONDS ARE FOREVER LIP GLOSS ($21.50) – A highly reflective diamond shimmer that reflects any color near it. We were inspired by the 4 C’s-color, cut, clarity and carat weight and have designed the perfect diamond gloss in a wand. Wear alone or over your favorite lipstick for a splash of “sparkling diamonds.”


Three Custom Color Specialists’ Smokey Topaz Eye Shadow and Diamonds are Forever Lip Gloss are available on




Celebrity Beauty Faves!

Scarlett Johansson

Whether it’s on the red carpet, backstage or on set, my clients want to know what products their favorite celebrities are using. So I have included some of my old favorites and a few new ones that I have proudly introduced to my makeup and grooming kit!

On their lips

Embryolisse is on everyone’s lips. Literally! This French brand is a staple in many a makeup kit and on dressing tables of celebs such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson and Demi Moore. One standout product is their classic Lait-Crème Concentre, $28, an amazing moisturizer for all skin types that provides the perfect base for ANY foundation or concealer. My new favorite is their Baume Secours, $22, essential dry skin balm with apricot and almond oil which is great anywhere but especially on the lips!

On their face

For years, professional makeup artists on the sets of Glee and American Idol, photographers, celebrities and brides (don’t forget grooms too!) have sworn by and trusted OC8 Professional Mattifying Gel, $28, to reduce shine, even skin tone and control oil up to eight hours! It keeps you red carpet ready even under the hottest lights or in the stickiest situations. Dab a little on over moisturizer and under oil-free makeup and you are “set!”

Skin Authority knows a thing or two about skin. Heather Morris and Chord Overstreet from Glee and Emily Proctor and Mario Lopez are fans and it shows! Using the highest concentration of natural ingredients without parabens, dyes or fragrance makes this brand a must-have in the makeup trailer or in your home. My new favorite is Wrinkle Reversing Serum, $139, that plumps and fills in the deepest wrinkles.

On their teeth

How do you and your favorite stars keep those pearly whites looking their best? Well, by using Rembrandt Intense Stain Dissolving Strips, $25. These strips effectively remove stains from red wine, tea, coffee and from smoking. Teeth will look noticeably whiter within two weeks when used twice daily. The strips dissolve within 10 minutes which makes them easy, effective and perfect for on the go!

On the guys

Male celebs like Adrien Brody, Andre “3000” Benjamin and Gael Garcia Bernal love Gillette Fusion ProGlide Styler, $20. Guys today need a little skin TLC and want to simplify their grooming routines. This wet/dry shaver achieves incredible closeness, custom trims up to three lengths and has an edging blade to sculpt and define facial hair lines. Pair with Fusion Pro Glide Shave gel, $4.

You know guys want the easiest, fastest way to groom and boy, am I so lucky to have found this… Tao of Man has an all-natural, herbal 3-in-1 cleanser called Daily Skin Defense, $25, for successful men on the go like Leonardo DiCaprio. Cleanse impurities, combat shaving irritation and defy the signs of aging, all in one multipurpose product!

Ombré Lips

Ombré hair may be passé, but an ombré lip – that’s of the moment!

It may look intimidating at first, but we’re pleased to announce that this trend has BIG benefits. Not only does this 3-D lip subtly contour the mouth, but by selecting a darker shade for the periphery you’ll add definition, while a lighter tone in the middle will reflect light and create an illusion of fuller, juicier lips – who doesn’t want that! The key to keeping the look wearable is selecting a gradation of shades in the same tone.

Such as:

  • Red & Pink
  • Red & Orange
  • Wine & Red
  • Burgundy & Red

Use a firm brush to precisely apply a deep hue along the lip line. We recommend Flapper, a deep burgundy crème inspired by 1920s glamour! Then blend it toward the center. Next, brush a lighter tone, our favorite is Gamine (a bright orange-red, reminiscent of Lucy), into the middle of the top and bottom lips. For variety and simplicity, we recommend using our Century in Red Palette to create this look. It has a range of 10 irresistible reds (including the lip colors mentioned) that are perfect for creating feathered red lip!

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Safe for Work: Our Naked Picks

The New Nude: Bareley There Make-UpThis season, less is definitely more. It’s all about breathe-able, dewy skin, an ethereal glow, and super-sheer, subtly-stained lips. Here’s how to appear au natural, only better.

Always wear a nude lipstick one shade darker than your natural lip color. If the lipstick is lighter than your lipcolor, it will be too pale and wash you out.

Check out Nude Attitude which is a terrific universal shade suited to most skin tones >

Nude Attitude Lipstick
When choosing a nude blush make sure its not too yellow, pick something with the tiniest bit of pink in it.

Check out Beige Creme to Powder Blush which can also be used on the lips as a matte lip veil >

Beige Cream to Powder Blush
To make your eyes “pop” using a nude eye shadow, pick a color that is one shade lighter than your skin with both a warm and cool shimmer.

Try dusting a layer of Champagne Eye Shadow from lash line to brow bone for a stunning glow >

Champagne Eye Shadow

NYFW FALL 2011 Trend Report

This fall, designers played up the drama with magnificent tailoring (we loved the fall collections of Michael Kors, Dianne Von Furstenburg, Jason Wu) and billowy, opulent gowns (see: Rodarte, Derek Lam). Though we were impressed by the clothes, these dramatic looks were often paired with makeup that may have been kept too simple or just too garish. Here’s a rundown of the trends we saw on the catwalks and tips on how to make these work in real life!

BERRY LIPS – Pretty, romantic and instantly polished.
As seen on the runways at: Luca Luca, Rebecca Taylor, Peter Som, Carolina Herrara, Cynthia Steffe, and Lela Rose
For bold berry red lips inspired by the models seen here at Luca Luca (Photo: Racked.Com) – Line the lips with Burgundy Lip Liner and apply Rosie the Riveter Lipstick (a rich, blue- red).
This look is probably the most wearable on it’s own. However, for a softer take, try Mauve Lip Liner with Santorini Lipstick. Remember, the focus here is on the lips, so keep the eyes soft.

CAT EYES – Perhaps an homage to the makeup seen in Black Swan, these dramatic eyes are tough to pull off the runway into real life (we don’t recommend bleaching out your eyebrows either!)
As seen on the runways at: DKNY, Derek Lam, Vivienne Tam, and Jason Wu.
For the look inspired by this model at Jason Wu (Photo: Getty Images) — Layer Cool Aubergine applied with a damp eye shadow brush on the upper and lower lash lines and along the crease, tapering out to a triangle shape. Fill in the triangle with Gold Eye Shadow. Use Wallflower Lip & Cheek Stain to softly contour the cheeks and apply Whisper Sheer Lipstick for shimmering nude lips.

For a real-life version of this look, try Cool Black and gold instead of aubergine (the combination of purple and yellow on the skin can look like a bruise!) Also, if you have deep set eyes, stay away from this look. Since dark colors recede, dark shadows will make deep set eyes seem even more sunken.

STRONG BROWS – The 90’s came back in a big way, with a strong, masculine brow.
As seen on the runways of: Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, Monique Lullhier, LAMB, Naeem Khan, Marc by Marc Jacobs.
To re-create the look seen here at Proenza Schouler (Photo: — Match your hair color with a Brow Powder (Brow Powder #5) and fill in the brows with our Brow Brush.

We love a well-groomed brow, it anchors the eye, though we’d prefer to see more polished and defined eyes rather than this heroin-chic look.
For a real-life version of this look: fill in sparse areas of the brows with a coordinating brow powder and apply Clear Brow Gel to lift and shape the eye. Define the lash line with Opaline Creme Eye Definer, and avoid this reddish-brown shade that makes the eyes look tired (try Warm Brown Sugar, instead).

NUDE LIPS – The nude lip is a staple regardless of season. Versatile nude lips were showcased in a variety of finishes; from matte, to pearly, to glossy, and some with a touch of coral. As seen on the runways at: AnnaSui, Carlos Miele, Tommy Hilfiger, Erin Fetherston, Charlotte Ronson

For the look scene here at Nicole Miller (Photo: Andrew Burton, AP) — Apply Cool Brown Sugar Eye Shadow with a damp brush to line the lower lash line and create a precise rectangular shape on the upper eye lid. Highlight under the brow bone with Cool White Eye Shadow. Apply Light Clarifier on the lower inner rim of the eye. Use a sheer layer of our Creme Concealer/Foundation as lip color and apply Translucent Powder all over the face for a finished, doll-like complexion.

For a real-life version of this look: Blend the eye shadow for a softer contour of the eyes and avoid looking washed out with a layer of Nude Attitude on the lips, our new coral-based nude.

NYFW Fall 2010 Trend Report

NYFW for Fall 2010 brought us red lips of all shades and finishes, a new bold take on the smokey eye, contoured cheeks, glowing, flawless skin, and perhaps what some would say was the vampire trend gone too far. Here’s what we found…

From matte to shiny, dark crimson to orange, red lips were all over the runways. This look was seen at seen at Donna Karan, Herve Leger, Vivienne Tam, Vena Cava, Tory Burch, LAMB, and Chakra.

At Donna Karan, this look was a very modern and sleek. It featured glowing skin, a subtle wash of color on the eye, and a bold, stand-out red lip. To get the look:

Apply cool pebble eye shadow all over the eyelid, up to the brow. Use a soft wash of champagne eyeshadow on the lower lid. Make sure to keep eyes bright with light clarifier pencil applied to the lower waterline of the eye. Apply just one coat of mascara and keep brows groomed with clear brow gel. Use cool red lip liner to line the lip, apply Rosie the Riveter Lipstick, layer on Candy apply lip gloss and an additional layer of Crystal Clear lip gloss for that shiny, lacquered look. Use our Crème Concealer/Foundation to create a flawless canvas and face powder #5 for contouring the hollows of the cheeks.


New application alert! For Fall 2010 the smokey eye is going even further. The runways featured eye shadow washed all the way to the brow bone with little or no highlighting. Seen at Derek Lam, Richard Chai, DVF, Carolina Herrera.

To get the look seen at Diane Von Furstenberg: Layer on your eye shadows. Apply Warm Smoke eye shadow from the lash line to the brown. Use Peacock applied to the inner corners of the eye and blended out. Apply a small amount of White Shimmer Eye shadow near the tear duct. Apply Wallflower Lip & Cheek Stain to the high points of the cheeks. Use Cool Beige Lipstick for a semi-matte nude lip.

Contouring played a major role on the runways this season, even at the shows where bare faces where seemingly all the rage. The effect ranged from subtle to sculpted, on the runways at Elle Tahari, Yigal Azrouel, Donna Karan, and Michael Kors.

To get the look seen at Michael Kors: Apply Warm Camel Eye Shadow over the lid and Black Eye liner close to the upper lash line. Apply Fawn Eye Shadow along lower lash line. Apply Rose Crème to Powder Blush on just below the apples of the cheeks for a subtle contour. Apply Coral Waterlily Watercolours for Cheeks on the lips with a lip brush to enhance your natural lip color.

We agree that all looks should start with a flawless canvas. But, where is the line between porcelain and lifeless? Is this the mark of the Vampire trend gone to far? Pale, almost icy skin was seen at Rodarte, Preen, Chakra, Twinkle, Doo Ri, and Peter Som.

To get the look pictured here at Rodarte: Apply Warm Smoke Eye Shadow all over the lid and Cool Brown Sugar Eye Shadow smudged into the upper and lower lash line. Make sure to use a matching brow powder to fill in and define the brows. Apply concealer to match your skin tone all over the lips. On the face use Crème Concealer/Foundation to even out the complexion and a face powder #5 to contour the hollows of the cheeks

The look at Peter Som featured many fall trends – here’s the flawless face, with a subtle contoured cheek, and a very deep, plum lip.

To get the look: Apply Cool Camel eye shadow all over the lid, black eyeliner on the upper lid only. Groom the brows looking groomed and natural with clear brow gel. Apply Beige Crème to Powder Blush for a subtle touch of dimension and warmth. Apply Cool Plum lipstick on the lips. For a sheer, more wearable adaptation of this look, try our new Noir Sheer Lipstick.